20 Feb 2017
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This week, national water storage has improved by 2.3% from 55.6% last week to 57.9% this week, a sign that dam levels are increasing at a slow pace.

"This phenomenon further demonstrates that most parts of the country are still water distressed and the meagre rains we have experienced recently in some parts have not made any significant impact for us to say we are out of the woods," the department said.

Provincial dam levels have shown some improvements, with more than half showing an increase compared to last week.

In the Eastern Cape, dam levels increased from 56.9% to 58.2%. Free State increased from 57.2% to 60.8%. KwaZulu-Natal showed a slight increase from 47.1% to 47.9%, while Limpopo increased from 66.1% to 66.9%

Gauteng dam levels had a slight decrease from 86.7% to 86.3%. Northern Cape increased from 93.6% to 95% and a noticeable increase was in North West from 73.8% to 78.1%.

Mpumalanga also showed a slight decrease from 67.8% to 67.1%, as well as Western Cape, which remained critically low, decreasing from 36.2% last week to 34.9% this week.

The department said the Western Cape system with six dams serving the City of Cape Town was at 36, 9% last week but dipped to 35.7% this week. The system was at 43% around this time last year.


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